29 Jan 2019 by John Edwards

Another transfer breakthrough as Parky signs Piggott on loan

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Phil Parkinson has further bolstered his promotion-chasing Altrincham squad by signing highly-regarded Wigan Athletic striker Joe Piggott on a one-month loan.

Hard on the heels of keeper Steven Drench’s arrival at The J.Davidson Stadium, Alty boss Parkinson has given his side’s push for the play-offs another significant boost and added to his goalscoring options by landing 19-year old frontrunner Piggott from Championship club Wigan.

It is a timely breakthrough for Alty, with top scorer Jordan Hulme facing a four-match ban, following his second red card of the season, and Parkinson eager to see his side recapture their best form after two successive away defeats, at Chorley and Leamington.

Piggott is fresh from testing himself at League Two level and is eager to make his mark in the Vanarama National League North with Alty after signing forms at The J.Davidson Stadium and preparing to join his new team-mates on the training pitch, ahead of their next game at FC United of Manchester a week on Saturday.

The teenage frontrunner signed a one-year deal with Wigan’s development squad last August and has since been on loan at Morecambe, where he made his debut in a 3-2 defeat against Bury and, just three days later, scored his first goal for the club in an EFL Trophy loss to Carlisle, darting in front of his marker to slide a cross past the keeper.

Nantwich-born, he had spells at Everton, Rochdale and Dundee United before a brief but impressive stint with Warrington Town earned him a move to Wigan, where he is part of the same under-23 squad as midfielder Chris Merrie, who made a favourable impact on loan at Alty last season.

Everyone at Alty wishes him every success during his time at The J.Davidson Stadium.

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